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John Dicks raises more money than any other Hillsborough County Commission District 6 candidate in May

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There hasn’t been any publicly published polls of note in the ever competitive Hillsborough County Commission District 6 contest, so the publicly released fundraising figures are one indication about how the candidate’s are faring. Last month, former Plant City Mayor John Dicks out fundraised his competition on both sides of the aisle, with the Democrat taking in $6,560 in May. However, his $41,950 total fundraising places him only fifth out of the six major candidates in the race, which Dicks…

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Hillsborough County Commission District 6 Tiger Bay debate dominated by transportation issues

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No race on the ballot in Hillsborough County this year has a richer field of candidates than the County Commission District 6 seat, with no less than six serious players vying to win the countywide seat being vacated by a term-limited Kevin Beckner this fall. In a stultifying warm room at the Ferguson Center of Law in downtown Tampa Friday, all of those candidates, with the exception of Republican Jim Norman, came before the Tampa Tiger Bay Club, where transportation issues like Go Hillsborough…

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Jim Norman gets crushed in Hillsborough County Republican straw poll

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The Jim Norman comeback story has hit a roadblock. The former Hillsborough County Commissioner is trying to revive his political career this year as he contends for the open countywide District seat this year, but he came in a distant second to businessman Tim Schock in a straw poll vote held in the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee on Tuesday night, losing 66-13. “I think this shows where the grassroots strength really resides in this race,” Schock said after the…

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Brian Willis adds to his fundraising lead in Democratic Hillsborough County District 6 contest

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Tampa attorney Brian Willis raised over $9,000 in his race for the Hillsborough County Commission District 6 seat last month, and leads all Democrats in fundraising in the race with $86,233. In a statement, Willis noted that his total number of contributors outranks the other three Democrats in the race – attorney and Sierra Club official Pat Kemp, former Plant City Mayor John Dicks, and former county commissioner and Tampa city council member Tom Scott. “The hard work we put…

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Mitch Perry Report for 2.12.16 – Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders clash in Milwaukee

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While watching the first hour of Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate, I started thinking that Marco Rubio has gotten a bit of a bum rap. For months (maybe longer), political reporters have complained that Rubio has liberally inserted his standard stump speech into his answers to questions on the campaign trail. That meme hit Def Com One Thursday week, of course, with his celebrated meltdown in front of a nationally televised audience. ( Those “Marcobots” from American Bridge who dogged Rubio…

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John Dicks leads all Hillsborough County Commission District 6 candidates in January fundraising

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In his first month of fundraising after announcing his candidacy, former Plant City Mayor John Dicks raised $10,882 in January in his bid for the Hillsborough County Commission District 6 race. Nearly half of that total – $5,000 – came from Dicks himself. Dicks entered the contest on Jan. 18, becoming the fourth Democrat to compete for the open county commission seat that will be vacated later this year by a term-limited Kevin Beckner. Tampa lawyer Brian Willis raised the…

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Brian Willis announces raising more than $75,000 for his Hillsborough BOCC District 6 seat

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Brian Willis, the Tampa-based attorney running for the Hillsborough County Commission District 6 seat, announced on Monday that his campaign has raised more than $75,000 from over 450 contributions since he started last spring. “We’ve been spreading our message across the county,” Willis said in a statement. “Everywhere I go, we add new supporters to our team who want to volunteer, donate, and spread the word. It’s clear that voters are ready for new leadership and new ideas to move Hillsborough forward.”…

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